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[UN]SEEN: solo exhibition by SEEN    Feb 23 - Mar 24, 2013

Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present [UN]SEEN, a solo exhibition by renowned graffiti artist SEEN. As the Godfather of Graffiti, originating from New York, SEEN is one of the most respected and established graffiti artists in the world.

It has been 8 years since SEEN’s last solo exhibition on U.S. soil, and [UN]SEEN will mark the return of the legendary artist to America since moving to Europe in 2007. For this solo exhibition, the artist will exhibit never-before-shown abstract paintings created in Paris from 2007-2012. SEEN, who has built his artistic career on perfecting the graffiti letter, presents exciting new paintings that are a distinct stylistic break from the graffiti work for which he has become known.

When he moved to Paris in 2007, SEEN found the necessary time and inspiration to devote to experimentation. Those familiar with SEEN’s work will find this new series marks his evolution as an artist. However, in true graffiti fashion, every piece is created with spray paint using various techniques that demonstrate the versatility of the spray can.

The graffiti style of work – with the form of the letter – is what took off in the general public’s eye for me… I never showed the works that I was really getting into, which were more abstract. I kept that private… all these years I’ve kept it private.
– SEEN (Interview with Fabien Castanier, January 2013)

SEEN, aka Richard Mirando, was born in 1961 in The Bronx, New York. He began to paint graffiti in the New York City subway in 1973, with his crew, United Artists. The United Artists quickly established themselves in the graffiti world, building a reputation for creating elaborate throw-ups on the full-length of subway cars. Beginning in the 1980s, SEEN began producing work on canvas. Since then, SEEN has built a hugely successful graffiti empire.

The Opening Reception with the artist will be Saturday, February 23rd, from 7-10pm.
It is open to the public.

An online catalog of the exhibition will be available.
Please email the gallery for more information: contact@castaniergallery.com

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